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The October letter was addressed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, then-acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and U.K. Secretary of State for the Home Department Priti Patel.
They urged Facebook not to move forward with its plans without being sure that user safety would not be impacted and without providing methods for lawful access to communications content shared via messaging services.
Barr, Dutton, McAleenan and Patel wrote, “Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes.